3 canoes on lake cole

Adventure Village Trips returned!

Early today our trips woke up on trail and slowly headed toward their trailheads or pick-ups. By day’s end all the trips were back in camp and telling stories of their adventures.

The youngest campers on the On-Camp hike. Were picked up at the base of the Merrell Pavilion. This morning was stunning and I’m sure some of the campers cracked an eyelid for the sun as it blazed the valley at 6:30 AM.

The Catskills Backpacking trips both were picked up in late morning. Both trips were glowing from their experience and couldn’t wait to share their experiences. There was a bit of rain last night but the two groups had gotten to their sites early and had dinner in the camper’s belly when the first rain drop stuck land.

The Climbing trip had an amazing time on the rock! The weather held through the entire trip making each day a full day of climbing!

Both Adirondack’s trip were also spectacular. They rolled in about mid afternoon, having picked up lunch at a diner in Amsterdam, NY.

This session has been unusually smooth when it comes to Adventure Village Trips. The campers have been extremely helpful and engaged and the trip leaders have been crafting their trips each session to a point where we’re near perfection with our routes. It makes me very proud. The stories that make me happiest are when trip leaders tell me that when they hit camp the campers immediately start setting things up and getting started on preparing dinner. Before my trip leaders got out of bed some campers would have already started cooking breakfast. It’s impressive. Selflessness, humility, inclusiveness, comradery, and caring.

Happy trails,

Lincoln McLain
(845) 985-2291 x265



Zach eigenbrodt

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.

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